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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Where the Trail Ends by Melanie Dobson

My Thoughts:

I'm always amazed at how some authors can truly get into the mind of their characters.  Melanie Dobson has this wonderful gift and she treats her readers to romance and adventure combined with a bit of history in Where the Trail Ends.  This is her second book that I've read (Love Finds You in Macinack Island is the other one) and I've been swept away both times!  It was exciting traveling the Oregon Trail with Samantha Waldron.  It was a grueling trip and one that I never would have survived.  I'm sure I would have been grumbling all the way!  Perhaps,  if Lord Alexander Clarke were waiting for me at the end of my journey I would have been willing to suffer the hardships?:)


A young woman traveling the Oregon Trail in 1842 must rely on a stranger to bring her to safety. But whom can she trust with her heart?
For two thousand miles along the trail to Oregon Country, Samantha Waldron and her family must overcome tremendous challenges to reach the Willamette Valley before winter. Together they weather autumn storms, hunger and thirst, and the dangers of a wild and unfamiliar country. But when their canoe capsizes on the Columbia River, they must rely on handsome British exporter Alexander Clarke to rescue them from the icy water.
Alex escorts Samantha and her young brother, Micah, to Fort Vancouver. There Samantha is overwhelmed with men vying for her affections, but the only one who intrigues her-Alex-is the one she cannot have. When his betrothed arrives unexpectedly from England to escort him home, Samantha becomes determined to create a home for herself and Micah in the fertile valley far away from the fort. But how will an unmarried woman support herself and her brother in the wilderness alone? Then Micah disappears into the wilderness one rainy night, and Samantha must rely on the man she loves-the man she’s trying desperately to forget-to rescue her brother before it’s too late.
Melanie Dobson


Melanie Dobson has written ten contemporary and historical novels including five releases in Summerside’s Love Finds You series. In 2011, two of her releases won Carol Awards: Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa (for historical romance) and The Silent Order (for romantic suspense).
Prior to her writing career, Melanie was the corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family and a publicist for The Family Channel. She later launched her own public relations company and worked in the fields of publicity and journalism for more than fifteen years.
Melanie and her family enjoy their home in the Pacific Northwest. The entire Dobson family loves to travel and hike in both the mountains and along the cliffs above the Pacific.
When Melanie isn’t writing or playing with her family, she enjoys exploring ghost towns and dusty back roads, line dancing, and reading inspirational fiction.
Find out more about Melanie at http://www.melaniedobs

Celebrate with Melanie by entering to win a Kindle Fire!

One fortunate winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire

  • Where the Trail Ends by Melanie Dobson

  • Queen of the Waves by Janice Thompson

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 17th. Winner will be announced at the American Tapestries Author Chat Facebook Party on 10/18. Connect with authors Melanie Dobson and Janice Thompson for an evening of book chat, trivia and fun! There will also be gift certificates, books, and a Book Club Prize Pack to be won (10 copies for your book club or small group)!

So grab your copy of Where the Trail Ends and  Queen of the Waves and join Melanie Dobson and Janice Thompson on the evening of the October 18th for a chance to connect with the authors and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the books - don't let that stop you from coming!)

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*I was given a copy of Where the Trail Ends by Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*


April said...

Your reviews are always so good and make me want to pick up a copy right away!

Robin Beck said...

Think I may read this one before Queen of the Waves... I've got both Melanie Dobson's books on my Amazon wish list-I'll read a sample of "Where the trail ends" first (BUT I always end up buying them!) Thanks for doing these reviews-Once things settle down here (ha ha) I'll start reading more. We'll have Noelle most likely through to next September and adoption is still on the table.

mysteryhistorymom said...

APril- Thank you so much, dear friend! I never have enough time to read the books I choose on my own, but when I review books I have to make the time.;) I've been able to read so many wonderful books/discover new authors this way! Lori

mysteryhistorymom said...

Robin- With little sweet pea there it's a bit tricky sneaking in reading time. Thank goodness for naps.;) I know you are loving having her with you, though. She's such a darling!

Thanks for reading my reviews. You know how much I LOVE books! Have you gotten a chance to start the book I sent you? Lori